Spring Ceu Workshop Series 2021

All spring PDN workshops will be offered live online via Zoom.

Our Live Online workshops are available as half day or full day options and discounted prices are available with advance registration.  All workshops are approved by the LABSWE & LCA for continuing education hours for social workers and LPC’s.

March 11th, 2021

Workshop 1

8:30am - 11:45am

Mimi Ryan, LPC & Marci Reichert, MA

"Supporting Children and Adolescents During a Pandemic and Beyond: The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)"

Workshop 2

12:45pm - 4:00pm

Carolyn Weaver PhD, MSW

“The Brain Train: Unlocking the secrets of neural-connectivity to help children transform a tantrum into cooperative behavior.”

April 22nd, 2021

A Full Day of Trauma Informed Therapy

Workshop 3

8:30am - 11:45am

Dawn Treigle, MSW, LCSW

"Trauma Informed Therapy Part I: Behavioral therapy for the treatment of compulsive and addictive behaviors. "

Workshop 4

12:45pm - 4:00pm

Dawn Treigle MSW, LCSW

"Trauma Informed Therapy Part II:  Treating Family and Partners of Trauma Survivors/ Compassion Fatigue"

May 6th, 2021

Workshop 5

8:30am - 11:45am

Deena Gerber LCSW-BACS

"Essential Elements of Supervision: Using Mindfulness to enhance the function, process and challenges of supervision"

Workshop 6

12:45pm - 4:00pm

Christina Roux LCSW-BACS

"Ethics During Crisis: The Changing Face of Clinical Practice"

Workshop 7

8:30am - 11:45am

Workshop 8

Workshop 1

Supporting Children and Adolescents During a Pandemic and Beyond:
The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Therapeutic Setting

Presented by: Mimi Ryan, LPC & Marci Reichert, MA
3 CEUs, Clinical/Diagnosis
Thursday, March 11th, 2021
8:30am – 11:45am – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

Adjusting to life during a pandemic has placed significant challenges on our children and families. As stress and anxiety increase in children and adolescents and within their communities and families, understanding the foundation and pillars of Social Emotional Learning and utilizing this framework in your practice is more important than ever. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. During this workshop, participants will learn about the current research in brain development and how it is impacted by a highly stressful environment. They will also learn activities to support young clients with emotional regulation and ways to support parents and teachers in responding to children’s needs during challenging times, during the pandemic and beyond. Additionally, clinicians will learn to assess children’s emotional well being and adaptive skills to address particular rising issues of depression, anxiety, conduct and substance use disorders while learning tools and techniques to assist in managing stress.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of stress and anxiety facing children and adolescents today
  • Learn foundation of Social Emotional Learning
  • Understand how SEL can benefit children and families
  • Review brain development and impacts of stress and anxiety on developing brains
  • Learn strategies and activities to support young clients
  • Review assessment techniques for differentiating between stress & specific diagnostic disorders
  • Learn tools & techniques to assist in managing stress

About The Presenters

Mimi Ryan, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), longtime secondary school educator and currently a middle and upper school counselor at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. Mimi has taught Human Development to 11-18 year-olds for many years, and has a keen understanding of the ways in which media use impacts family life. She helps families negotiate the opportunities and risks surrounding digital media use in the home and at school. An engaging speaker, Mimi presents to a wide variety of audiences and has provided workshops to organizations like the Play Therapy Association and the National Association of Independent Schools.

Marci Reichert  began her career in 2002 as a Family Therapist with underserved youth and their families.  This platform incited her knowledge of neurological development and the necessity to center youth experience to uplift authentic youth power. Since then, her spectrum of youth work has grown, ranging from truancy programs, youth arrested for shoplifting, diversion boards, sexuality education, teaching Life Skills at Lakeside Middle School and she continues to work with the LEEP program https://www.lakesideschool.org/summer/leep at Lakeside School every summer. Currently she is enjoying her work as the Health and Wellness Programs Manager at Isidore Newman School.

Workshop 2

The Brain Train: Unlocking the secrets of neural-connectivity to help children transform a tantrum into cooperative behavior.

Presented by: Carolyn Weaver, PhD, MSW
3 CEUs, Clinical/Diagnosis
Thursday, March 11th, 2021
12:45pm – 4:00pm – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

Using the creative, emotional side of the brain to inform one’s rational thinking works well when our emotions are stable.  But when our emotions get “hot” and take over, the connectivity between these two sides of the brain goes “off-line.” An understanding of this neurological process can become a powerful tool for parents/teachers to help children feel “heard” on an emotional level, which facilitates a pathway back to emotional balance and results in cooperative behavior.  This workshop will address the functioning of the brain and teach clinicians how to utilize this information in diagnosis of childhood mental disorders as well as learn techniques to treat a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to: ODD, conduct disorder, adjustment disorder with emotions, conduct, or both, anxiety disorders, attachment disorders and explosive disorders.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding what happens in the brain when a child gets upset
  • Learn how to specifically apply this knowledge to “speak” directly to the brain to soothe the child and transform their emotions into rational thinking
  • Understanding the importance in resonating with a child so they will “feel” heard
  • Understanding the role of emotions in the utilization of behavior modification techniques
  • Learn specific techniques for working with children and families to treat a variety of DSM diagnoses

About The Presenter

Dr. Carolyn Weaver, PhD, MSW received her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and Ph.D. in Social Work at Tulane School of Social Work. She has been in clinical practice for over 25 years, with a specialization in children and families.  She taught “Clinical Work with Children” at Tulane School of Social Work for over 20 years and provided parenting classes for Foster Parents for 13 years.  She has two adult children and 5 grandkids.

Workshop 3

Trauma Informed Therapy Part I:
Behavioral therapy for the treatment of compulsive and addictive behaviors.

Presented by: Dawn Treigle, MSW, LCSW
3 CEUs, Clinical/Diagnosis
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
8:30am – 11:45am – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

This workshop will present a trauma-based treatment model for the treatment of compulsive behaviors. Diagnoses addressed during the workshop will include PTSD, sexual disorders and eating disorders. Compulsive behaviors come from a reliable source, operate in a predictable pattern, and can be alleviated through an awareness, clarification and recovery process. Behavioral therapy techniques can be developed and practiced as an intervention in the treatment of compulsive behaviors. Participants in this workshop will not only understand the trauma based model but learn specific interventions to work with clients effectively. * Part I is available as a stand alone workshop, however it is encouraged that participants participate in both Part I and Part II.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of the trauma-based treatment model
  • Instruction on how to support clients in behavioral therapy techniques
  • Identification of the compulsive behavior cycle
  • Covert sensitization assignment
  • Learn Aversion therapy
  • Learn Imaginal desensitization Intervention

About The Presenter

Dawn Treigle, MSW, LCSW is currently working exclusively in her private practice in the New Orleans area. She worked for the bulk of her career as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team in a trauma-specialty program working at facilities in New Orleans, Louisiana and Torrance, California. Ms. Treigle received her Master’s Degree from Tulane University and has more than 35 years of clinical experience and expertise in the treatment of trauma and compulsivity. She utilizes individual, family and group therapies in the treatment of adults and adolescents, and has been trained in EMDR. Ms. Treigle lectures regionally and nationally on a wide range of topics regarding the treatment of trauma-based disorders.

Workshop 4

Trauma Informed Therapy Part II:
Treating Family and Partners of Trauma Survivors/ Compassion Fatigue

Presented by: Dawn Treigle, MSW, LCSW
3 CEUs, Clinical/Diagnosis
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
12:45pm – 4:00pm – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

Building on the foundation in Part I, this workshop will address therapeutic techniques for working with families and partners of individuals diagnosed with PTSD.  Secondary traumatic responses or compassion fatigue are common among members the primary support system of trauma survivors and can manifest as depression and anxiety disorders. Participants in this workshop will deepen their understanding of the impact of trauma on family members and learn specific techniques for working with caregivers and loved ones to address these impacts. * Part II is available as a stand alone workshop, however it is encouraged that participants participate in both Part I and Part II.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn Individual therapy techniques for the partners/family addressing developing understanding and compassion, identifying and communicating boundaries, self-care, and secondary trauma reprocessing. 
  • Overview of compassion fatigue specific to trauma informed therapy
  • Understand the dynamics in the couples or family therapy process to develop an approach to healing as a shared experience. 
  • Learn specific skills and techniques for building intimacy in relationship with self and others.
  • Learn Individual therapy techniques for the partners/family addressing developing understanding and compassion, identifying and communicating boundaries, self-care, and secondary trauma reprocessing. 
  • Overview of compassion fatigue specific to trauma informed therapy
  • Understand the dynamics in the couples or family therapy process to develop an approach to healing as a shared experience. 

About The Presenter

Dawn Treigle, MSW, LCSW is currently working exclusively in her private practice in the New Orleans area. She worked for the bulk of her career as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team in a trauma-specialty program working at facilities in New Orleans, Louisiana and Torrance, California. Ms. Treigle received her Master’s Degree from Tulane University and has more than 35 years of clinical experience and expertise in the treatment of trauma and compulsivity. She utilizes individual, family and group therapies in the treatment of adults and adolescents, and has been trained in EMDR. Ms. Treigle lectures regionally and nationally on a wide range of topics regarding the treatment of trauma-based disorders.

Workshop 5

Essential Elements of Supervision:
Using Mindfulness to enhance the function, process and challenges of supervision

Presented by: Deena Gerber, LCSW-BACS
3 CEUs, Supervision
Thursday, May 6th, 2021
8:30am – 11:45am – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

This workshop is designed to examine the uses and value of mindfulness in enhancing the effectiveness of social work supervision. During this workshop, participants will learn the meaning and value of mindfulness and the use of mindfulness in their lives and their work. Using the lens of conscious and focused mindfulness techniques participants will demonstrate knowledge of:

  1. The function and process of supervision including review of LABSWE supervision requirements
  2. Components of competent and effective supervision
  3. Myths and misconceptions of supervision- role of humanitarian values
  4. Comparison of administrative and clinical supervision
  5. Comparison of on and off site supervision
  6. Providing impartial, objective and accurate evaluation of supervisees
  7. Developing supervision priorities for supervisor and supervisee
  8. Identifying threats to professional well-being
  9. Learn the meaning and value of mindfulness in their lives and their work as well as effective tools for infusing their clinical work with mindfulness practice
  10. Participants will have the opportunity to share personal struggles, questions and concerns and learn strategies for improving supervision skills

Learning Objectives

  • Overview and discussion of the function and process of supervision including current guidelines for ethics in supervision
  • Learn alternative models of supervision including an overview and evaluation of the various roles of the supervisor
  • Discussion of humanitarian values of social work and impact on supervisor and supervisee
  • Understand mindfulness including effective tools for infusing clinical work with mindfulness practice
  • Interactive session to share personal struggles, questions and concerns and learn strategies for improving supervision skills

About The Presenter

Deena Gerber, LCSW-BACS was Executive Director of Jewish Family Service  1994- 2013. Currently she is an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work and maintains a private practice specializing in LCSW licensure supervision. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and Masters of Social Work from Tulane University. Her fields of special interest are non-profit administration and  older adult services. In 1994 she co-authored Caring for the Elderly- A Workbook for Caregivers. In 2006 Deena was given the Helen A. Mervis Jewish Community Professional Award by the Louisiana Jewish Endowment Foundation. In December 2011 she was honored at the White House with the Champion of Change award through President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative, for the work that the agency did in the community after Hurricane Katrina, under her leadership. Deena has been an active Social Worker for more than 40 years.

Workshop 6

Ethics During Crisis: The changing face of clinical practice

Presented by: Christina Roux, LCSW-BACS
3 CEUs, Ethics
Thursday, May 6th, 2021
12:45pm – 4:00pm – Workshop
Live Online Webinar via Zoom

About The Workshop

The face of therapy has changed in the wake of the coronavirus. Ethic issues abound and clinicians are faced with new and daunting practice considerations. Participants in this workshop will learn strategies for managing boundaries and ethical considerations in their practice related to tele-health including technical issues, personal space and safety and confidentiality issues. Participants will engage in discussion of ethical dilemmas surrounding counter-transference, lethality/safety assessments, and self-disclosure specific to shared crisis as well as engage in case study to apply concepts to clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of changing face of therapy due to coronavirus and crises of 2020
  • Discussion of specific stressors for clinicians related to modern therapy
  • Participants will learn strategies for managing boundaries related to tele-health (e.g., technical issues, access to personal space, safety & confidentiality)Participants will engage in discussion of ethical dilemmas surrounding counter-transference, lethality/safety assessments, and self-disclosure specific to shared crisis
  • Participants will engage in case study to apply concepts to clinical practice

About The Presenter

Chrissie Roux MSW, LCSW-BACS is a psychotherapist in private practice and an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work. Before entering private practice, she was a clinical social worker at Trinity Counseling Center and at Jewish Family Service; she is also the former Program Director of the New Orleans chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, in case management and supported employment for people with developmental disabilities, and in program management and administration. She lectures in the community on a variety of topics including Developing Reflective Practice, Managing Compassion Fatigue, Treatment of Anxiety and Trauma, and Practitioner Self-Disclosure in Clinical Practice. In her psychotherapy practice, Ms. Roux has a special interest in mood disorders and trauma and uses EMDR, among other tools. She previously served on the boards of the Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, and Abeona House Child Discovery Center. At Tulane she teaches several courses in the graduate school of Social Work, including Clinical Methods, Theory, and Field Seminar.